Traumatic Re-Injuries Among Northern Indigenous Populations: Knowing Their Profile to Better Prevent Them


According to data from the Cree Board of Health’s Public Health Surveillance System, a 42% increase in traumatic injuries requiring hospitalization was noted for inhabitants of Region 18 (Eeyou Istchee or Cree Territory of James Bay) between 2006 and 2012 . Due to limited resources, more recent data pertaining to traumas in Region 18 (Eeyou Istchee) is currently unavailable. As a trauma center, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) plays an important role in the treatment of traumatic injuries sustained by Cree patients who get transferred from Region 18. In addition, as part of a government-mandated Trauma Registry, data is routinely being collected on every traumatic injuries treated at the center.
As such, we propose to use data that has been collected about transfers of Cree patients from Region 18 between 2010 and 2020 to better determine and cater to the health needs of Cree populations. In understanding the risk factors and causes of injuries among this population, our hope is to find adapted strategies to prevent these injuries from happening in the first place, thus contributing to lessen the health gaps between Indigenous populations and the remainder of Canada.

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